Podcast with ONCE THE MUSICAL's ALEX NEE 1 Podcast with 'Once The Musical's' ALEX NEE from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.

Podcast with ‘Once The Musical’s’ ALEX NEE from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.

Alex NeeCatching up with one of Showbiz Chicago’s favorites, ALEX NEE, who discusses going from AMERICAN IDIOT to ONCE: The Musical, which will play Chicago’s Oriental Theatre from October 9-27, 2013. For more information visit BroadwayInChicago.com

ALEX NEE (Andrej, u/s Guy). Credits include International Tour of American Idiot (Johnny), Rent (Roger), Spring Awakening (Melchior), and The Who’s Tommy (Hawker). Proud Northwestern alum. He can’t believe that he gets to chill in a pub and jam with such beautiful people. “Thank you for everything, I have no complaints whatsoever.” @alexnee42

 ONCE will play the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) for a limited engagement Oct. 9 – 27, 2013.

ONCE is the celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film. The show features the Academy Award- winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, a book by award-winning Irish playwright & screenwriter, Enda Walsh (Penelope, Hunger, The New Electric Ballroom), direction by the acclaimed Scottish director of Black Watch, John Tiffany, movement by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch, American Idiot) and music supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe (Mamma Mia!).

The set and costume design are by five time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley (The Coast of Utopia, Mary Poppins), lighting design is by Tony winner Natasha Katz (Aida, The Coast of Utopia), and sound design is by Clive Goodwin.

ONCE, which was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards, is currently running on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre where it started performances on February 28, 2012 and opened March 18, 2012.

ONCE tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicatedromance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, ONCE is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty… and unforgettable in every way.

The 2007 Academy Award-winning film, ONCE, was written and directed by John Carney, and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by Mr. Hansard and Ms. Irglová.

ONCE is produced by Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf, and Executive Producer Robert Cole, in association with New York Theatre Workshop.